Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to various “what ifs”. What if there is an earthquake or tsunami? In spite of all of my preps, I may have to evacuate and the best laid plans to hunker down in place will be for naught.
What if there is a global economic collapse? What will happen to my savings that have been so carefully set aside? Will a lifetime of frugality be wasted?
And then there is this: What if nothing happens? What if there is no disruptive event; no urban chaos, and no worries other than those associated with getting through life one day and one moment at a time?
I bring this up today because unless you have been living in a bunker somewhere, the month of September was widely reported to become the month when doomsday occurs. In September 2015, the stuff was going to hit the fan in a major way and life as we know it would change. Well guess what? The world, as uncertain as it has been these last seven or eight years, is still uncertain but no more and no less than the previous month or any other recent month for that matter.
All of this is my opinion, of course, but I sense that there is a universal unrest afoot. A bunch of new preppers got started this summer with the expectation that something big, something major, happening. Now they might be thinking us long-term prepper-types are a bits nuts. That being said, regardless of where you fall along the prepper timeline, let me remind you that doomsday, if there is such a thing, cannot be forecast. We simply can not pinpoint a speck in time where the world will fall apart.
Remember Y2K? Much as we prep today as individuals, businesses and government prepped for Y2K for years in advance, and it is their work that possibly mitigated a major shut down of our infrastructure. This is one area where I have first hand knowledge because, back in the day, I was a Cobol programmer and knew that the code (some of it my code from the 80s), would fail.
For those of you that might be thinking that September was a bust because nothing happened, please stay the course. Prep a bit at a time at a pace you are comfortable with. Store water, food, and first aid supplies, and learn old-time skills that will be needed if the grid fails.
This is insurance people. As much as we don’t want our car to be wrecked, we have insurance to cover us if it does happen. And thus it is with family preparedness. Let us hope it is insurance we will never use other than to get us through those short term bumps in the road we call life.
Preps for the Week Ending on October 3rd
Speaking of prepping, I ordered some pantry supplies this week. Honey is so very useful that I picked up 10 more jars of my favorite organic honey from Tropical Traditions and while I was at it, I added two additional gallons of coconut oil to my food storage. You can read about both honey and coconut oil in these two articles:
I also purchased some additional buckets with gamma seals and plan to use them to store some additional rice, wheat and other dry goods. Although it is currently on backorder, I ordered one of the newer Volcano 3 Collapsible Stoves for testing purposes. Everything in time.
While on the road, my portable survival kit came in handy more than once. I used the flashlight almost daily as well as the lavender essential oil. The latter helped soothe sunburn (I had forgotten that you could get sunburned through a car window), bug bites, and a headache from eating lousy food and not maintaining adequate hydration.
The car was hot but the lavender e.o. did not seem to suffer much if at all. I really need to determine how best to test the affect of heat on essential oils. Common sense dictates storing them in a cool location for the long term but for some, that might not be an option.
That about covers it for me this week. So what else is happening? Let me fill you in.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
There have been a lot of comments and emails related to this week’s article “What You Need to Know About Using Old Drugs for Survival“. This particular question was so important that I felt it should not be buried in the comments.
Great article and thank you so much for addressing something that has been weighing on me and as you stated the prepper community for a long time.
One question, why would epinephrine be something not to take after expiration? My son has allergies and I am assuming the epi-pen would fall under that category and that worries me. Can you elaborate please?
After doing some research, here was my response:
After reading your comment, I found this study online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10808186
Here is what this study from the National Institutes of Health says:
“For prehospital treatment of anaphylaxis, we recommend the use of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injectors that are not outdated. If, however, the only auto-injectorr available is an outdated one, it could be used as long as no discoloration or precipitates are apparent because the potential benefit of using it is greater than the potential risk of a suboptimal epinephrine dose or of no epinephrine treatment at all.”
So, if using an outdated epi-pen is your only option in a survival situation, then by all means, use it. Better to have a 50% chance of living than a 100% chance of dying IMO
Along similar lines, it is better to consume outdated food than to starve. I have had a number of questions about that as well and will be addressing them in an upcoming article.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaway
I have a full lineup of giveaways planned between now and the end of November. Holy smokes; I have everything from solar gizmos, to emergency food, to duct tape. I know how you love the Friday giveaways so be sure to check back each week. Up first is this fantastic Survival Shovel from Sports Tek.
In the meantime, this giveaway is currently active.
With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Essential Oils Tips: How to Combat Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is stubborn as heck to get rid of. That said, here is an effective treatment that I know has worked for many, and it is so much better than OTC remedies. All you need to do is apply daily and be patient. It takes several weeks but it does work!
For you essential oil needs, consider Spark Naturals where you always enjoy an additional 10% off using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
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The Final Word
I must confess that being away from the comforts of home was both a blessing and a curse. The blessing part was that there were no chores. The curse part was that the chores did not get done.
I would not call it a chore per se, but emails with questions have piled up and it may take weeks to catch up. Interestingly enough, there were a rash of questions about food storage including some that will take some research to answer. Was this part of the September doomsday blitz? One thing for sure is that food storage is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and even the companies that sell food storage have many items on back order.
Has anyone tried to purchase hard white wheat lately? Prices are up and supplies are down; something to think about.
That about wraps things up for me this week. So what about you – what did you do to prep this week? Have you finished preserving your summer harvest yet?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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The ALMOST FREE Department
It is time for a Survival Buzz “Almost Free” item. Shelly found these on sale recently. It is a great deal given that the match holders alone are worth the cost.
When I tested these matches last summer, I tried to drown them in salt water first; both inside and outside the waterproof plastic case. They really are waterproof! As of this writing, $2.29 with free shipping.
Spotlight Item: Hot off the press is the latest book in Ron Brown’s Non-Electric Lighting Series. This time it is Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns. What is a pressure lamp? Think Aladdin Lamp – without the genie.
Seriously, this book will take you down the history of the Aladdin Lamp as well as other pressure lamps. At 200 pages give or take, it is longer than the other books in the series and chock full of useful information. I wrote the Foreword so what can I say? I am biased.
It is currently for sale in the Kindle format but should be available as a print book within a week.
Bargain Bin: Here are a selection of items related to today’s Survival Buzz
Cyberstorm: I just finished the audiobook version of Cyberstorm. Oh. My. Gosh. If you think you are prepared for urban chaos, read (or listen) to this book then double check your preps. I don’t want to be a spoiler but let me say that all is not what it seems. The Kindle version is $2.99. Highly recommended.
Volcano 3 Collapsible Cook Stove: I wanted a Volcano Stove that burned propane as well as wood and charcoal so I ordered this one. I am looking forward to reviewing here on the website. That being said, I love my older Volcano 2 that burns just wood and charcoal. Here is a review: Review: Volcano Collapsible II Stove.
Bucket Kit, Ten Multi Colored 5 Gallon Buckets with Matching Gamma Seal Lids: When I stack buckets, I limit them to two high and in doing so, have never had a problem with cracked lids. Gamma lids are great because you can get into your bucket without prying off the top. To learn more, read: Survival Basics: Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: This is the flashlight I keep in my portable survival kit. It is small, yet powerful and fits in a small tin quite nicely. Right now you can get two for less than $12. . These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Lavender Essential Oil: Over and over again, lavender essential oil has proven its worth. As you know, I prefer essential oils from Spark Naturals (use code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off) but for the budget minded – and especially for use in cleaning supplies – consider Lavender EO from NOW Foods.
Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil: Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked. This is the liquid form of Coconut Oil, also referred to as FCO.
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